First, I hope you are safe and sound after the last few days with Sandy. Most Exclusive Buyer's Brokerage have already made a pledge to their clients that they will not list properties. That is a huge market they have denied themselves. Also, you should take the time to meet a few, do they give you a new buyer's packet? It should be filled with information about your area. They should be familiar with more than just your area, do they work closely with other professionals? Mortgage Brokers that can help you with the right loan product, home inspectors--a good Exclusive Buyers Broker will insist you get a quality home inspection and then if anything needs to be repaired they will help negotiate with the sellers to make those repairs before purchase, or if you don't like what you find, walk away. Google or Bing Exclusive Buyer's Brokers in your area. There should be a few. Being a buyer's agent is different than being an Exclusive Buyer's agent. There are plenty of good buyer's agents that work for large brokerages, but remember, their duty always lies with the seller. An Exclusive Buyer's Agency has no duty to the seller only the buyer.